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I‘D j Section 1 at ECHO/Page 9 ' SATURDAY, JULY 20, 2019 Fortunebayniaz set to entertain fans young and old Sammy Richter didn’t know what to expect when he broached the subject of bringing professional wres- tling to Fortune Bay Resort Casino. After all, Fortune Bay was synonymous with bring— ing outdoor concerts to the area and professional wres- tling was never really con- sidered. However, that all changed in the summer of 2018 when Richter got the approval to bring Fortunebaynia to the big stage. The success of that inaugural event has led to FortunebayniaZ, which Richter promises to be even better than the original. Some of the star power signed on to play a part in the festivities is Sting, Booker T, Ultimo Dragon, Super Crazy, Honky Tonk Man, Demolition, Air Wolf ‘and King Leonidas. Everyone’s favorite villain Jimmy “The Mouth from the South” Hart will also be part of the show as will Minnesota’s very own, Madusa. There will be many top-notch wrestlers from the Midwest taking the ring once the bell is rung Sunday, July 28th at 5 “Ticket sales have been Eiy~Eil¢aomeneen (winniunity Hospitst Ir going very well,” said Rich- ter, who is the entertainment and promotions manager for Fortune Bay. “We sold out the first two rows in four minutes and all of the main floor seating within a couple of days.” To date, Richter said just over 600 tickets have been sold for the outdoor show, which‘will be held rain or shine. “I’d like to get to 800 tickets with 1,000 being the ceiling,” said Richter, who added that all ticket sales are final. “We will have bleachers set up for general admission, but a general admission ticket does not guarantee you a seat.” In other words, if you are a general admission ticket holder, make sure to get there when the gates open at 4:30 pm. There will be plenty of food and beverage available for purchase so please leave your coolers home. “A new twist this year will be a Q and A session in The Woodlands Ballroom the night prior to the even ,” said Richter. “Guests who bought a seat in the front two rows will get in free and all a N» HE LOVES HIS WRESTLINGI— Fortune Bay’s Sammy Richter hams it up for a quick photo prior to being interviewed for the upcoming FortuneBaynia2, which takes place Sunday, July 28. There will be a question and answer session in The Woodlands Ballroom on Saturday evening and then a meet and greet in the same location at noon on Sunday. Tickets for the wrestling matches can be purchased by visiting fortunebay.com or by calling 800-992—7529. You can also visit Player’s Club to buy a ticket. others can get in for $10 at the door.” Richter said the Q and A will last for two hours and he anticipates many great wrestling stories to be told during the session. “I’m sure there will be a lot of smack talk so that is ROAD Imps ARE, FOR (NOT SURGERY) Travel is a wonderful thing—but you shouldn't have to drive hours for general surgery. Dr. Robert Savereide. our board—certified general surgeon. can do it all right here. Save your gas money and vacation days for real vacations, not ‘ traveling for medical care. i SKIP THE TRIP AND GET IT ALL AT EBCH. Call rm to schedule an appointment or visit entail mg; for a full list of services. * MUD MONKEY -mrma we WHAT? A 1 mile rural-qr may My , ,_ ’ ¥ we? 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He gained worldwide fame by carrying the bat into the ring when he wrestled for World Champi- onship Wrestling during its heyday in the 19905. Some lucky kid will also get a title belt and autographed Sting bat during Sunday’s event. Richter said he is hopeful many of the legends on hand will take an active part once the action gets underway. “We’re hoping for a lot of involvement from them aside from the Meet and Greet,” said Richter of the legends. “I’ve‘ talked to many fans already and they are pumped about Fortunebayniaz. The thing I love about this event is how family-friendly this. will be. You don’t get that with MMA or boxing. It’s going to be a great show, so if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, go to fortunebay. corn and get it today! ” 4653J -fllue Shide Pearl .M misfit? CHEROKEE . LATITUDE PLUS ‘4X4 \\’-\I‘ ileum (@1in limim (duh $3100 mu m own .l} ilhl knMotor-tllmmml .530 $31,554 .‘ ililil . 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